Saint Patrick Parish News 07.05.18


This week’s Mass schedule  

Fri., July 6
9AM Mass

Sat., July 7
5PM Mass

Sun., July 8
8AM Mass
10:30AM Mass

Mon., July 9
No Mass Here

Tue., July 10
9AM Mass

Wed., July 11
9AM Mass

Thu., July 12
9AM Mass

Fri., July 13
9AM Mass


Upcoming Events
Sun., July 8
8AM Knights of Columbus Breakfast, Parish Center
7PM Adult Volleyball, Gym

Mon., July 9
Parish Office Closed
9AM VBS, Parish Center

Tue., July 10
9AM VBS, Parish Center

Wed., July 11
9AM VBS, Parish Center

Thu., July 12
9AM VBS, Parish Center
NO Rosary Today
8PM Men’s Basketball, Gym

Fri., July 13
9AM VBS, Parish Center

Sat., July 14
3:45PM Confessions, Church

The Flock








Thursday Rosary
Thursday, July 12 there will be NO rosary!

Need One, Take One; Have One, Leave One
This weekend look for the table outside on the plaza, please drop off produce to share that you may have leftover from the garden or market.  Anyone wanting fresh produce can take what they need and any produce remaining after Masses will be taken to North Kent Connect to help those in need.

Welcome Fr. Tom Cavera
This weekend we will welcome our new pastor, Fr Tom Cavera. It will also be nametag weekend.  Please join us at the K of C Breakfast on July 8th following both Masses to welcome him.  He will be able to spend extra time to meet you. We hope you will join us in the parish center!

Vacation bible School Snack Donations
Square graham crackers (Meijer’s), 2 liter 7-up pop, Chocolate chips, paper towel, Vanilla wafer cookies, Small styrofoam bowls, Marshmallow crème, Large paper plates, Red licorice string candy, plastic knives, Small colored candies, Plastic forks, Mini Frito bags Plastic spoons, Mild salsa Pizza sauce.  There will be a container in the Church entry for your donations.  Thank you from the VBS Snack Team! 

Help Support our Seminarians and Priests
Bishop Walkowiak wants your feedback
The Diocese of Grand Rapids will be conducting a feasibility study throughout July and August, and Bishop Walkowiak would like to hear from you. The study will gather feedback on a potential diocesan-wide capital campaign to support our seminarians and priests. A high level of responses from Catholics throughout West Michigan is needed to aid the bishop in making an informed decision on whether to move forward.  

Potential campaign goals include investing in the education of our growing number of seminarians, supporting specialized education for our priests, and funding the Priest Retirement Fund. The Steier Group, a Catholic development and fundraising firm, has been hired to conduct the study. A final recommendation on the viability of the campaign will be made in the early fall.

Visit for additional details on how you can participate. Stay tuned to the bulletin throughout the study for regular updates.

Word of Life
For our nation:  that the right to life of every human being, from conception to natural death, will again be protected in our laws; We pray to the Lord.

Server Vestments
We are looking for a person/persons to wash the altar server cassocks and surpluses approximately four times a year. Contact Cindy Samson at or Michelle Ogren at for more information. Thank you!

Altar Linens
“Whatever is set-aside for use in the liturgy takes on a certain sacred character both by the blessing it receives and the sacred functions it fulfills. Thus, the cloths used at the altar in the course of the Eucharistic celebration are to be treated with care.”  This brief statement reflects on the importance of reverently caring for altar linens which, because of their use in the liturgy, are deserving of special respect (from the U.S.C.C.B.’s    Committee on the Liturgy regarding the care of altar linens).  We are    seeking a person or persons willing to assist with   laundering Communion linens.  Training provided.  Please contact Emma Darling at 691-7396 or to inquire. 

Migrant Ministry Needs
Some seasonal workers have arrived and more will be coming in the next month. We would like to welcome them with a gift to use while they are here this year, rather than closer to when they depart. We will be collecting NEW bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, band aids, white athletic socks, bar soap, and rosaries for these bags. We are looking to make 100-150 bags. Please place donations in the large, marked, light-colored wicker basket in the narthex of the church (by the food baskets). If you have a large donation, please bring it to the office as they will all be stored there. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office.

Blood Drive News
Join the Blood Drive Committee!
I am currently looking for helpers for the 4 quarterly blood drives that we host at St. Patrick’s. The commitment is small and the rewards are  community wide. You don’t have to be a donor to contribute to the success of the blood drive just be willing to support the event. Please consider join in me in this worthwhile service to our church and community. Bonnie Zaskowski (616)437-4474 or

Save the Date:  Next Blood Drive, August 12. Watch bulletin for details.

Festival News:
Festival Follow up Meeting:  We will be having a meeting on Wednesday, July 11th at 6:30PM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room (school).  A time to share what went well and what we can do to improve things for next year.  

Cathedral TV Mass
Due to FOX’s sports programming, the televised Sunday Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Andrew will not air live on FOX 17 on the following Sundays: July 15.  

You may watch the live broadcast of Sunday Mass on Antenna TV or ThisTV (check local listings). The live webcast can be found at From the website home page, click on the “Webcast” link on the right side of the screen. You may also watch Mass live on our Facebook page (Diocese of Grand Rapids).  

Televised broadcasts of the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass will resume as regularly scheduled following these dates. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact the diocesan communications office at 616-551-5629.

Vacation bible School
Buckle up! We’re going on a Radical Ride on the Wings of Prayer for Vacation Bible School this year. The flight takes off on Monday, July 9th and runs through Friday, July 13th. VBS will take place from 9am-12pm each day.  

Children from preschool to those entering 6th grade are invited aboard as passengers. We also need tweens, teens and adults to serve as the crew – no pilot license required!  

New this year: Online registration! Visit for more information and to register online. You can also contact Maryalene LaPonsie with any questions or for further details. You can text or call her at 616-897-5942 or email

Spanish Mass
On the second Monday of every month we’ll be having a Spanish Mass with Fr. Oscar at 7PM here at St. Patrick’s.  All are welcome, please spread the word to those that may be interested.  Next Mass will be July 9th.

Dear Ladies of the Parish:  Our next bunco night is Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00 in Multipurpose Room 1 of the Parish Center.  Please join us!  If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Covell at

Campus Visit Day
Aquinas College is hosting an AQDay for all rising high school juniors and seniors interested in visiting their beautiful 117-acre campus.  The         Admissions Office invites you to come and discover what life at AQ is really all about.  Get the inside scoop on academics, athletics, scholarships,  service learning, study abroad, and more.   Please visit for more details or to register for the event on July 13.

Prayer of Peace in the Spirit of Taize
Monday, July 16, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 423 1st St NW, Grand Rapids. The Prayer of Peace is contemplative, sung Christian prayer that uses singing, scripture, extended silence, intercessory prayer, icons and candlelight. All are welcome.

St. Patrick Summer Sport Camp
Volleyball CampJuly 23-26, 5:30-7pm
Entering grades 2-8

Each camp costs $40 and includes a camp T-shirt.
Sign up at, choose Programs, Athletic Programs.

Humanae Vitae
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae

Monday, July 23
6 p.m. – Mass with Bishop Walkowiak at the cathedral
7 p.m. – Picnic on the Piazza. Bring dinner for your family and chairs. Beverages and desserts will be provided. We will be in the Catholic Central gym if it rains.

8 p.m. – Closing prayer

Job Opening:  St Mary/St John the Baptist
St. Mary / St. John the Baptist Parishes in Carson City/Hubbardston is currently seeking a dynamic person to serve as a part-time Coordinator of Youth Ministry & Young Families.  It would involve approximately 5-10 hours per week.  The individual must be passionate about young people and aware of the experiences young families face in today’s world.  Deadline:  July 31, 2018.  Please send cover letter & resume to: Please contact the Parish Office (989) 584-6044 for a job description.

Grand Rapids Right to Life
6th Annual Pickle ball Tournament
Saturday, Aug. 4:  Women’s and Men’s doubles, Sunday, Aug. 5:  Mixed doubles.  Play will continue through all skill level groups with a double elimination format.  Cost: $30, registration fee.  $10 per event.  Time:  8AM registration, 9AM play begins.  Location:  Belknap Park, Grand Rapids.  Registration and all required forms are online only:  Deadline:  July 27.  All proceeds to benefit: Grand Rapids Right to Life.  

Driving Horse Camps
Come and join us for Driving Horse Camps at the Franciscan Sisters farm and outdoor arena just north of Lowell, 11761 Downes Rd., NE!
The weeks of August 6-10 and 13-18, we will be offering both Children (ages 8-18) 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and ADULT Driving Horse Camps, late afternoons through early evenings M/F, with a mini horse show for family and friends at its conclusion. All levels of ability welcome! For more information, please call Sister Ann Frances 616-265-6355 (c) or 616-897-5220 (h) instructor and/or Jen Groters 616-889-8238, instructor. Cost is $289.00 per student. Class size limited to 4 students per week.

Concerts on the Porch
Mark your calendars!! Saturday, August 11 with the Conklin Celi Band and Saturday, September 8 with the Proulx Brothers.   Watch for more details to come.

Our Lady of Knock Mass
Our Sr. Annette Marie Byrne division of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians invite you to a celebration of the Mass of  “Our Lady of Knock” on Sunday August 12th at 1pm at St. Patrick’s Church, 4351 Parnell Rd., in Ada.  To remember the suffering of the village of Knock in Ireland at the time of our Lady’s appearance canned goods will be collected and donated to North Kent Community Services.  

All are welcome to a potluck dinner following Mass.  Beverages & place settings will be provided; please bring a dish to pass.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about LAOH, please contact Dianne Mankel at or call 990-4722.

Strong Catholic Families
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time:  Self-Acceptance
Reading I: 
Ezekiel 2:2-5 – The Lord speaks to Ezekiel

Reading II2 Corinthians 12:7-10 – Paul’s weakness
GospelMark 6:1-6 – Jesus at Nazareth

Key Passage:  [Paul said,] Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:8).

AdultWhat unavoidable weakness in yourself do you struggle to accept?

Youth:  What have you wished would be different or better about you?

Respect Life
“You are called to stand up for life! To respect and defend the mystery of life always and everywhere, including the lives of unborn babies, giving real help and encouragement to mothers in difficult situations. You are called to work and pray against abortion.”   – St. John Paul II

A Family Perspective
by Bud Ozar
Today’s gospel is so familiar, it hurts! The home town folks couldn’t accept the presence of God in Jesus. After all, they had watched him grow up. We can easily make the same mistake if we don’t see God present in the ordinary routines of our family. “The Lord be with you” is a statement of fact.  Believe it. Live it.

Youth Group News
Please catch us on our websites at High School Youth and Middle School Youth.  We also have a Facebook page here St Patrick Youth Faith Formation.

Lost and Found
Items found in the church, parking areas, lawn and cemetery are often turned in to the parish  office.  If you have lost something around the    parish, call Darci at 691-8541 x10.

Use of PYX
Just a reminder! If you have brought communion to a loved one and borrowed a pyx from the parish, please return the pyx to the sacristy or parish office when you are finished with it so that it can be used again. There are several pyx unaccounted for presently.  We appreciate your ministering to those who are hospitalized or homebound and bringing the Body of Christ in the Eucharist to those who cannot be with us at Mass. Thank you for your attention to this.

Greeters Needed
We are growing our ministry of Greeters.  If you are willing to come to church a little earlier, meet and welcome your fellow parishioners and visitors with a smile, a handshake, and a word of welcome, we need you – especially during construction!  Perhaps your family would like to share this ministry. We are scheduling up to four greeters during the winter months (we greet inside the main doors) and more when the weather allows us to be outside.  Please email Cindy Samson at or Michelle Ogren, or call the parish office.

Sacristans Needed
We are in need of Sacristans for weekend Masses, especially 5PM Mass.  If you would be willing to assist in seeing that the altar is set for Mass and that liturgical volunteers are there, ready to serve, please email Cindy at or call the Parish Office and leave a message. Thank you!

Altar Server Vestments
Server cassocks and surplices are found lying on the floor or rolled up under chairs and in corners. This occurs after daily Mass as well as after weekend Masses.  We would like to remind all servers that part of the serving ministry is to properly care for the garments worn and if assistance is necessary to ask for help.  We ask the older servers to assist the younger servers.  In addition, we ask the parents of weekend servers for help in seeing that the garments are hung properly.  Please feel welcome to stop in the server room to assist with hanging their garments.  We thank everyone for their attention to this and appreciate your time and effort in service to the parish.

Funeral Luncheon Helpers
In the past few months as we have called for help or dishes for our funeral lunches, we are more and more running into disconnected phone numbers. If you are on the list and feel you are not being called, want to update your phone number(s) or wish to be added to the list, please email the parish office at with your name and current phone number(s).  Thank you so very much!

Urgent Prayer Warriors
Did you know you can call and in a very short time have several people praying for your needs and intentions?  In addition, First Friday prayers can be called in or e-mailed to the parish office any time for the following month. We say these prayers after Mass on the first Friday of the month. Extra copies of the prayers are on the left as you come into Church. Those who take a copy of the prayers are asked to pray them daily for that month.  Please contact the parish office to leave your prayer request or to be added to the Prayer Warrior email chain so you too can pray for others.  Email:

Parish Library
Ever want to learn more about your faith at your own pace?  Library is all up and running.  There are instructions on the shelves letting you know how to go about checking out a book.

Check it Out!
Our family bulletin board is up and ready for viewing.  Once a month we will be gathering and displaying  a new set of smiling faces.  It highlights new and “seasoned” parishioners as well as the  young and young at heart!  This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other a little bit better. We are so blessed here at St. Patrick’s to ALL be part of this amazing “Family”.

Calling all “NextGen Catholics,” ages 14-25 years! UPRISE – – a brand new, volunteer global movement of generosity!  It is an invitation to inspire your personal Catholic commitment of greater time, talent, and ties, using social media to spread your

Courage Groups
“Before all else comes the individual person,” Pope Francis wrote, “and people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies.  We are all destined to receive his infinite love.”  The Courage apostolate welcomes men and women who experience same-sex attractions as brothers and sisters in Christ, and helps them to respond to their vocation as sons and daughters of God, created in his image and likeness.  Together with a priest chaplain, Courage members strive for chastity, build authentic friendships, and grow in holiness. For more information, call 616-459-4662 or email

EnCourage Groups
For parents of sons and daughters who experience same-sex attraction, “speaking the truth in love” to their children can often present a challenge.  The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and other loves ones in this situation, and offers them support and direction as they strive to love their children without the boundless love of Christ.  A priest chaplain leads the regular meetings of EnCourage and offers insights into how to keep the Faith while keeping family relationships strong.  For more information, please call 616-288-0918 or email

Legacy Giving – Learning to See as Jesus Sees
As humans, we often think first about looking out for ourselves – and can quickly default to using our own strength and ambition to do so – but the Lord’s way is always best. Psalm 24:1 says “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” This verse reminds us that God is the rightful Owner of everything and He knows how to best care for it. His desire is that we would instead cultivate an awareness of how to accomplish His purposes in our lives – to see as He sees. How would seeing through Jesus’ eyes change the way we live? Consider how living with greater attention to Christ’s purpose could look in each of the following areas:  Your time, Your talents and Your resources.  To learn more about how you might leave a legacy to the Church, contact Mark Morrow at 616-475-1251 or  Visit  Flyer

Make your WHY a Way of Life
If you’ve ever spent ten minutes with a three-year old, you can vouch for their curiosity. “Why can’t I touch that?” “Why is my hair brown?” “Why does that person’s face look so old?”  

While an untimely “why” can put unsuspecting parents in an embarrassing situation, cultivating curiosity is how every child grows. In fact, we should never shy away from life’s “whys,” even as our children reach adulthood. Here are several “whys” your grown children or grandchildren actually need to hear from you.  Have you told them WHY they mean so much to you? Have you told them WHY you embraced faith? Have you told them WHY you have certain personal values?  

Many individuals are excited to learn they can easily turn their WHY into action by supporting a ministry or cause that aligns with their values. For instance, a gift in your Will is a simple way to communicate your WHY to the next generation and create a legacy of your Catholic faith in the process. Contact your parish office or call Mark Morrow, Executive Director of The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan at 616.475.1251 to learn more!

Helping Hearts, Helping Hands
We are looking for more people who may be interested in helping with projects at parishioner’s homes. Occasionally we get requests for parishioners who are unable (for whatever reason) to take care of some things around their home.  Time commitment varies and is not needed on every project.  We just need a larger list to ask for volunteers.  If you are interested in being added to the possible volunteer list, please contact Cheryl Emmette in the parish office, by email, or through the website volunteer form.

If you are in need of Helping Hearts, Helping Hands service, please contact us also.  Cheryl Emmette, or 691-8541 x14.

AA Meetings
Meetings have resumed on Sunday nights at 6:30PM in the St. Brigid Room of Kildare (in the school) or outside near the playground if it’s nice out.

Adult Volleyball Open Gym
Adult Volleyball is on Sunday, 7PM (or 7:30PM, check parish calendar) in the gym.  Call or text Jamie Dye with any questions, 269-330-6395.

Lo-Gluten Host
We provide lo-gluten hosts for those needing them. Please contact Emma Darling at for more information.

Thursday Rosary
Thursday evenings, 6:30, in the church.  Questions,

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Every Saturday, 3:45 PM, in the church.

Adult Christian Initiation
To become Catholic, complete your adult initiation into the Catholic Church, or if you know someone whom might be interested, St Patrick Parish has a process of inquiry into the Catholic faith that meets throughout the year.  Contact Diane Hamel, 691-8541, x12.

Men’s Faith Sharing
The current guide for sharing is Be a Man!:  Becoming the Man God Created You to Be (by Fr. Larry Richards).  The group meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 8AM in the St. Brigid of Kildare room in the school.  Please contact Cheryl  Emmette in the office if you would like more information. 

Women’s Faith Sharing
The current guide for sharing is A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God’s Covenant Love and Scripture (by Scott Haan).  The group meets on Monday evenings in the St. Bridgid of Kildare room in the school from 6:30-8PM.  Please contact Cheryl Emmette in the office if you would like more information.  NO Meeting on Mon., May 28. 

Sunday Study Group
Please consider joining our group each Sunday at 9AM to discuss how to apply the Sunday readings to our daily lives.  We gather in the St. Brigid of   Kildare room in the school for coffee and conversation using resources from Twenty-Third Publications and Sunday Scripture Insights.  All are welcome; hope to see you there.  Contact Mary Nugent, 691-8557 for additional information.

Ministry Booklet
Please feel free to take one from the back of church. Our ministries happen because of our volunteers! Please consider sharing some of your time to an area that interests you.

Pilgrimage to Ireland
The music ministry of St Anthony’s is excited to announce plans of a ten day pilgrimage to Ireland April 1 – 10 (2019).  Fr Luis Garcia will join us as we travel to Belfast (The Titanic Museum), Armagh, Giants Causeway, Knock (the sight of the Blessed Mother’s Apparition), Galway, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, and Dublin. For detailed information contact Vonnie Clark (485-0695) or

Consolata Guild
Euchre Tournament to benefit the Consolata Misionary Sisters.  See this flyer for details.

Catholic Information Center Events
Paperback Picnic at the CIC
Tuesday, July 11, 5:30-7PM
With Fr. Bill Edens, CSP
Barking to the Choir

Join us for a picnic dinner and a book talk as about Jesuit priest, Fr. Gregory Boyle, who shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, the enduring power of kinship and unconditional love.?  CFD:  Evangelization.  $15 donation requested, includes dinner.  **reading the book is not required, copies will be available at the CIC.  (we will be picnicking indoors in the CIC Cafe).  

CIC| 360 Division Ave S, Ste 2A | Grand Rapids |616-459-7267  |
For all events and/or to pre-register, please call 616-459-7267 or email to

Franciscan Life Process Center Events
Unplug at the FLPC Retreat:  Turn off the noise and reconnect with God and nature
Who:  Catholic adults between the ages of 21-35
What:  A Franciscan retreat during harvest time
When:  August 1-5
“Catholicism Unplugged” is a retreat for Catholic adults, ages 21 to 35, interested in disconnecting from the consumer culture and reconnecting to more simple living and the Catholic faith. Led by Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE,  we will work, pray, and eat together, learning how to harvest fruits and vegetables, make homemade pies and bread, and care for livestock.  There will be opportunities for spiritual integration along with daily Mass, Adoration, and the Divine Office.  Cost:  $250, includes food, lodging and equipment.

FLPC| 11650 Downes St NE | Lowell |616-897-7842  |
To register, please go to to find the link in events or call 616-897-7842.

Dominican Center at Marywood
Dominican Center at Marywood| 2025 Fulton St East | Grand Rapids |616-514-3325  |   For event information go to

Love, Mercy, Life.  Opening the Heart of Marriage
Married love is the most deeply personal union found among men and women. The marital union calls husband and wife to become one flesh, one heart and one soul. In fact, the Church teaches that when they marry, God prepares a husband and wife to faithfully live their sacred union and become parents who will love and nurture their children. The methods of Natural Family Planning (NFP) are a support for married love. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the safe, natural and effective methods of both achieving and avoiding pregnancy. NFP methods teach couples how to observe and interpret the woman’s signs of fertility and infertility.  The benefits of NFP though move well beyond biology and include enhancing the couple’s marriage through greater communication and shared responsibility.  Want to learn more about the methods of NFP offered in our diocese? Married and engaged couples are encouraged to visit: or call (616) 243-0491 for a list of learning opportunities, both on site or online.  The Catholic Church invites all the faithful to embrace God’s plan for married love. Learn more about these beautiful teachings which support the use of NFP in marriage at:

Parish App & Parish e-News 
Enrich your daily life with spiritual resources and parish community! Connect all week long with prayer, educational opportunities, news and community event information. Download the app to your phone from the website or the e-newsletter. 

Job Openings
Development Dateabase Admin at Diocese of Grand Rapids  Details here
Catholic Charities of West Michigan have a number of position openings throughout the Diocese of Grand Rapids.  All position openings can be found on our website here.
Local job openings via the Diocese of Grand Rapids can be found here.
Childcare team, St. Patrick – Parnell.  Please click here for information.

Benefit: Free & Easy Fundraising (or Apply to Tuition)
Benefit is a free iPhone and Android app that allows you to shop at places like Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart and many more, while giving up to 20% of every transaction back to your own tuition account or to the general tuition assistance program. Just shop as normal, and at checkout, use the Benefit app and purchase a digital gift card to redeem instantly.  For instance, spend $100 at Gap, and $8 (8%) goes to your tuition account, your designee or to general tuition assistance.  It doesn’t cost you a dime beyond what you were already going to spend.  It’s raising funds without fundraising!  Download the app and select St. Pat’s as your beneficiary to start giving today. For more info, Involve family and friends – the more people who participate, the more funds raised!

Offered by Catholic Charities
• Catholic Charities West Michigan’s Pregnancy Counseling and Support Program is designed to assist individuals, couples and their families to make decisions, solve problems, set goals and utilize appropriate resources. This voluntary free program counsels expectant parents who have concerns related to their pregnancy. Please email us at or visit for more information.

• Did you know that on any given day, Catholic Charities West Michigan has over 300 children in its licensed foster homes? Foster care means providing a temporary, substitute, safe, nurturing home to children who may have been removed from their parent’s care due to neglect and/or abuse. If you are ready to open your home and heart to a child in need, please call (616) 356-6202, email us at or visit to find out how to become a foster parent.

• Post Abortion Healing – If you are struggling because of a past abortion or abortions, Project Rachel can help. Project Rachel, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan, offers referrals to priests and counselors specially training to help those who have experienced abortion. We also offer Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats. The retreat offers an opportunity to step away for a while and focus on healing, grieving and reconnecting with God. The retreats are open to both women and men. All calls and emails are kept in the strictest confidence. For more information contact Maggie at (800)-800-8284 (MI only) or 616-340-1824 or email

• Bring the kids and your creativity to Gallery 303, God’s Kitchen Gift & Painting Studio. Paint your own plate, bowl, cup and other fun items with your favorite colors and designs! Join us for some great family fun and feel good knowing that the proceeds benefit the food and pantry programs of God’s Kitchen. Location: 303 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, phone: (616) 456-4110. Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 4pm.

• Marriage, relationship and family counseling are available through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s (CCWM) Behavioral Health Department. We encourage you to call us toll free at 1-877-359-6523 to gather more information about our counseling services or to make an appointment with one of our highly qualified counselors. CCWM will provide you with a safe and confidential opportunity to address your pain to find hope and healing.

• Did you know that over 2,000 families strengthened their relationships through Catholic Charities West Michigan’s family preservation and support programs? Family Support Services assists and supports “at risk” families. In a non-traditional way, intensive, strength-based, solution focused counseling and family preservation services are provided in the home. CCWM has continued to successfully stregthen families in throughout West Michigan. For more information, please contact Aleaha Bowen at (616) 356-6262.
• God’s Kitchen Food and Pantry programs are in need of donations! Please see the list below of suggested items that we are in need of.
• Food Pantry
o Peanut butter
o Cereal
Baking items: sugar, flour, oil
o Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayo
• Baby Pantry
o Diapers sz 4-6
o Wet wipes
o Clothing sizes 2t-6t
o Summer shoes/sandals
o Diaper bags
o Sippy cups
o bottles
o Pacifiers

St. Patrick Parish, Parnell

The Diocese of Grand Rapids
Resources and Events

The Franciscan Life Process Center
Visit the Life Process Center website for current schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email or call 897- 7842.

The Catholic Information Center
Visit the CIC  website for current program schedules, registration information and other faith formation resources.  Email or call (616) 459-7267.  

The Dominican Center at Marywood
Visit the Dominican Center website for current schedules, registration information for these and other faith formation resources.  514-3325.